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Sat 30 Mar 19, 8:15pm

Team News | Du Preez returns as Hougaard set for 50th

Scotland flanker Cornell du Preez will make his comeback from a fractured larynx in Warriors’ European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Harlequins at Sixways on Saturday (kick-off 8.15pm).

Du Preez suffered the injury five minutes into his Warriors debut against Wasps on September 1 in an accidental collision with Joe Launchbury.

Du Preez lost his speech and spent six weeks in hospital in Birmingham and he was not expected to play again this season.

But he resumed training in January and was recently given the all-clear to take contact again. After two weeks of full training Du Preez has now been named among the replacements for Warriors’ first European quarter-final in ten years.

Former South Africa scrum-half Francois Hougaard will lead Worcester out on his 50th appearance for the club.

Hougaard, 30,  joined Warriors in February 2016 from the Blue Bulls and has played 46 times for the Springboks, most recently against New Zealand 18 months ago.

Wing Bryce Heem returns after he was forced to miss last week’s Gallagher Premiership win at Bristol Bears to attend the birth of his first child, daughter Alba.

Heem replaces Josh Adams, who is rested following his recent exertions in Wales’ Grand Slam campaign, and Duncan Weir starts at fly-half in place of Jono Lance who sustained a head injury at Bristol.

There are four changes in the pack with Gareth Milasinovich starting at tighthead prop, Pierce Phillips partnering Michael Fatialofa in the second row  and Carl Kirwan and Matt Cox recalled in the back row.

Warriors

15 Chris Pennell
14 Tom Howe
13 Ben Te’o
12 Ryan Mills (C)
11 Bryce Heem
10 Duncan Weir
9 Francois Hougaard
1 Callum Black
2 Niall Annett
3 Gareth Milasinovich
4 Michael Fatialofa
5 Pierce Phillips
6 Carl Kirwan
7 Sam Lewis
8 Matt Cox

Replacements
16 Joe Taufete’e
17 Ethan Waller
18 Simon Kerrod
19 Darren Barry
20 Cornell du Preez
21 Michael Heaney
22 Scott van Breda
23 Francois Venter

Harlequins | 15 Mike Brown, 14 Cadan Murley, 13 Alofa Alofa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Ross Chisholm, 10 Marcus Smth, 9 Danny Care, 1 Lewis Boyce, 2 Elia Elia, 3 Will Collier, 4 George Merrick, 5 James Horwill, 6 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Chris Robshaw (C), 8 Jack Clifford.

Replacements | 16 Max Crumpton, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Josh Ibuanopke, 19 Ben Glynn, 20 Mat Luamanu, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Francis Saili.

Competition: Challenge Cup
Venue: Sixways
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz
Game Type: Home
Fixture Round:
Attendance: 6,349
No. Name T C D P
15 Mike Brown
14 Cadan Murley 1T
13 Alofa Alofa
12 Ben Tapuai 1T
11 Ross Chisholm
10 Marcus Smith 1P
9 Danny Care
1 Lewis Boyce
2 Elia Elia
3 Will Collier
4 George Merrick
5 James Horwill
6 Renaldo Bothma
7 Chris Robshaw
8 Jack Clifford
Replacements
16 Max Crumpton
17 Nick Auterac
18 Josh Ibuanokpe
19 Ben Glynn
20 Mat Luamanu
21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
22 Demetri Catrakilis 1C 1P
23 Francis Saili